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by threatening to withold key auto parts from reaching gm's assembly line. "the hedge fund held up steering columns and other things that had gm not gotten them, they would've gone under. chrysler as well." "they were literally willing to risk the survival of gm to make as much money as they could." steven rattner, former counselor to the treasury during the bailout period, called it "extortion demands by barbary pirates." palast says delphi relocated parts plants in china and emerged from bankruptcy, going public last year. the company, purchased by the romneys' hedge fund at 67 cents per share in 2009, sold for $22 a share at the ipo - a 3,000% profit for investors like the romneys. a return largely the result of the auto bailout that romney so publically opposes. "it further solidifies the democrats' and labor's picture of romney as out-of-touch and more interested in personal wealth creation than job creation." with the presidential election less than a week away, the coalition of union and good government groups is urging the office of government ethics to act now to ensure mitt romney
in europe. ford and gm reported better-than-expected profits this week as north american sales helped boost revenue while european demand dropped. gm is looking to save $500 million in the next couple years as it restructures in that region. the automaker says it has cut 2,300 jobs in europe and wants to cut 300 more. ford is also restructuring by eliminating 5,700 workers in the uk and europe. "europe has been on the brink for awhile now. but it doesn't seem to be really impacting u.s. sales and north america remains a very profitable wing for most of these automakers worldwide. so europe is slumping and slowly but surely automakers are starting to remove capacity from that region and that should help them deal with it in the long run." that was kelsey may of cars.com. ford and gm both expect to lose money in the eurozone. ford sees losses topping $1 billion. gm says it could lose as much as $1.8 billion. 18.5 million. that's the number of europeans who are currently unemployed. the region's jobless rate hit an all-time high in september of 11.6%. 146,000 people lost their jobs in the last
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